Match Preview: City v Perth

Following the disappointment of Saturday’s home loss to Western United, the City boys will be keen to get back to winning ways in front of home fans when they take to the field on Wednesday night against Perth Glory.

City’s 0-1 loss at home to Western United came as a shock to fans, with the result being the first of its kind when we’ve hosted the recent expansion side. The loss was also City’s first in all competitions in Season 2021/22, following wins in the FFA Cup that have seen us into the quarter-finals and a win and a draw to start the Izuzu UTE A-League season.

The damage was done in the 20th minute on Saturday night, with United’s Alessandro Diamanti finding pacey attacker Dylan Wenzel-Halls with a through-ball in transition, catching out City’s back four. The striker drove his way to the edge of the box and found the bottom corner with an impressive finish considering the pressure being applied by Nuno Reis.

City controlled possession for the majority of the game but simply couldn’t break down a resolute United defence, with the whole team sitting deep to restrict the home side’s chance creation.

When we were able to break through, Jamie Young only continued the frustrations by pulling off some impressive saves to deny several would-be City equalisers in the second half.

With fans expressing their frustrations on the full-time whistle, Patrick Kisnorbo and his players will be seeking significant improvement when the team faces Perth Glory in Round 4 action later tonight.

The Glory will be coming into tonight’s clash feeling quite good about themselves after a 3-0 belting of Melbourne Victory on Sunday. Having spent the last couple of weeks away from home, Perth put a 10-man Victory team to the sword in the second half, with goals to Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Ciaran Bramwell and Bruno Fornarolli.

City fans may be concerned by our historical record against the Western Australian side, with our 25.7% win ratio against Perth being our lowest against any A-League Men’s team in our history. The team will be looking to snap a nine-game streak without a win against Perth at AAMI Park, with City’s last win at the venue arriving in the Finals of the 2015/16 season.

Match Details

Izuzu UTE A-League Round 4

Melbourne City FC vs Perth Glory FC

Wednesday 8 December, kick-off 7:45pm